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Home Schooling Cost Analysis

When parents decide to educate their children at home, it usually costs much less than either a private school or a public school.

By home schooling your child, you will save time and gas because there is little or no commuting. There is also less expense for day care due to the one parent staying home full time. In addition, clothing is inexpensive because there is no pressure to keep up with fashion trends. Home school expenses include books and supplies, which can be very reasonable especially when you use your local library. Eating meals at home is also cheaper and much healthier than either buying meals at school or making lunches for school depending on how you make them. Other expenses include music lessons, sport supplies and other fees for hobbies or group activities. Computer equipment and computer software are also an extra expense. Some parents who home school also pay for private tutoring to supplement their own teaching.

Public schools have no tuition and do not charge for books, but parents must pay for school supplies. Extracurricular activities your child may be involved in have fees associated with them, same fees as for home schooling. Children who attend public school can either ride the bus, which is free, or commute to school, which can be costly with rising gas prices. Sometimes there is a fee for computer classes in public school, depending on the school. Public school lunches cost more, especially when parents do not know if their children are throwing the food away or sharing it with other children. Clothing expenses are high because of peer pressure and popularity. Often, parents need day care for their children until they are done with work.

Private schools do charge tuition, which is usually $1000 to $5000 per year, depending on the school. A private school also charges for books, but not usually supplies. Music and art lessons are usually included in the tuition cost. Computer software is an extra fee, along with any sport supplies or other after school program. Private schools do not offer any transportation, so that is an extra expense.

Overall, parents who choose to home school spend the least amount of money, while parents who choose private school spend the most. On the other hand, when a parent decides to home school, a full time job for the parent teacher is usually out of the question (or very difficult to include in a daily schedule). Nevertheless, the choice to home school should be based on your child’s ability to thrive and learn in a home setting or school setting.

Figure Out The Level of The Student While Going Through Homeschooling Transcripts

Is your homeschool student very bright and yet bored? One of the advantages of homeschooling is the ability to test the level of your student in each subject. The standardized tests (Iowa Basic, CAT, or any of the others) are generally a great help in this regard. Is the student at grade level and challenged? Above grade level and bored? Or perhaps below level and frustrated? You can give placement tests in specific subjects as well. Using a math placement test can help you identify which level of math to study – as it may be different than their grade level.

Once you discover the level of your student, then make sure their curriculum is at their level all the time. Keep school challenging but not overwhelming in every subject. It can make a huge difference in your student’s success. It doesn’t matter what level they are – it matters that they are working at THEIR level. They can thrive if they are operating inside this “sweet spot. ” If they aren’t, then they may be bored or hopelessly lost.

If you feel your child is very bright, and yet he does poorly in a school situation, you may want to check if they are truly bored in school. When we pulled our two boys out of public school and started homeschooling, we really didn’t know how advanced they were in each of their subjects. Fortunately, we were in tune enough with our boys on homeschooling to not assume they were in 3rd and 5th grade in every subject! We were shocked to discover that our boys were actually operating at two grade levels above in math, and four grade levels above in spelling. I would not have known that they were advanced if we hadn’t been homeschooling. Testing them at the beginning of the year allowed them to like homeschooling, since they were always challenged but never overwhelmed.

Keeping your homeschool “challenging but not overwhelming” is one of the 10 strategies for teaching gifted education at home. I’ve discovered that these strategies work great for all the students and not just the gifted ones!

How to Study Math And Have Fun in Learning it

Learning math should be no different than learning another subject or another language, or should be perceived as such. It can be just as easy or as hard as any other subject based on how you approach it. Putting a mental block about any subject will make it very hard to learn and comprehend; however, removing that mental block and believing in your ability to master the subject will dramatically change the way your brain will start processing mathematical instructions. You shouldn’t think of it as a challenge, rather, as a fun to learn activity. True the subject can be hard at first, but will progressively get easier. Math concepts are interconnected with each other. You must master the prior concept to understand the one after it. Going back to the very basic concepts, you will never be good at division or multiplication if you haven’t mastered addition and subtraction. If you’re never comfortable with multiplication and division, you will never make it through Algebra, and so on.

So tackle all the basic concepts first, spend some time reviewing easier material, making sure you’re not missing anything, or have forgotten how to do certain things, and have fun learning it. If you find yourself lost or frustrated, you shouldn’t panic, it is Ok to be frustrated at some point, its part of the learning process, just don’t give up. Just remember that once you get over the first few hurdles and continue to follow the instructions, it will turn into a fun learning activity. The way I like to look at mathematics is that it is fundamentally built on addition and subtraction, a skill that students should become good in second grade. So if you build up your addition skills so that you are able to mentally add two digits fairly quickly, you should be able to master multiplication and division. Beyond that, it is just learning about different approaches to solve different problems utilizing a set of procedures that you just need to pay a little attention to. I believe that if you approach mathematics in this manner, you shouldn’t have a problem advancing into higher levels. Actually, I feel you would have a lot of fun learning math from then on that is if you don’t mind putting some time and effort to study and practice.

What to do to become good in math To become good in math you need to do a significant amount of work. Math is not a passive activity that you can learn by reading text books or watching a lecture. You need to actively get involved in the subject, do a great deal of exercises, and a lot of practice, and don’t forget to have lots fun with the learning process. It is like learning any other skill. When we learn a new skill, we first follow basic (step by step) guidelines. With practice, we start getting better at it, and with more effort our performance improves. You can think of it like any sport activity, you cannot become a good athlete by watching and reading about other athletes, you have to get in the field and practice what you learn till you become naturally good at it. At that point, it will progressively become a fun to learn activity that you enjoy doing. In addition, habitual practice will keep math less challenging and more fun and enjoyable.

What Are The Benefits Of Homeschool Projects?

Homeschooling has been on the rise in popularity for many reasons. One of the most important reasons is that you can specifically target your child?s individual educational needs. Focus on their strengths and weakness to give them a quality educational experience, that you will unlikely find in many public schools. A personalized education plan is something very valuable as all children learn differently.

It is a very big decision to homeschool your children and the first thing you would have to do is come up with an educational plan. When you begin to build your plan you may want to think about including unit projects for each individual subject.

Probably when you think of projects, you think of school science fair projects and other projects you had to do if you were in public school. After each unit plan or subject plan, have your child begin a unit project to put the knowledge into practice that was just learned in the study unit. In other words it will bring what they have just learned to life instead of just testing them on what they learned, they will have to put that knowledge into action.

If you are studying a science unit, for example, consider assigning a unit project to build an ecosystem. This can be easily done with an old aquarium and a few things to get at the store. Even purchasing the materials needed at the store is part of the educational process. Have your child come up with what is required to build the ecosystem using the knowledge that was learned in the unit about nature and what is needed to create a self sufficient ecosystem. Then your child will have to monitor and record what is happening each day.

The benefits of using unit projects are numerous. Your child will be receiving an interactive education. It?s one thing to study and learn a subject then take a test and forget about it. With using unit projects it creates a longer learning process, actually seeing what you have learned come alive so to speak. This will by far remain in your child?s memory much more then just taking a test. Also, for example by placing your ecosystem in a central location in your home the whole family can become involved so that everyone is part of your child?s educational experience. It won?t be just something you hear about that is happening in school, you are actually seeing and sharing the same thing as your child along with the other members of the family.

We all know that the imagination is a wonderful thing, and that is what you and your child will have to use in your unit projects, not as many limitations like in a public school. There are some great resources to be found on the internet to help you implement quality learning for your homeschooler. The ideas for projects are unlimited, and you can rest assured that your child will have the working knowledge to take with them into the world.